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Montebello KinderCare

Tricia Mendez, Center Director

36 Route 59 Suffern NY 10901
(845) 357-4048 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS

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Special Instructions:
at Rt. 59 & Hemion

RT 59, not far from 287 Good Semaritan Hospital located in a Plaza

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Ramato Distict; Viola, Montebello, Cherry Lane (no bus at KC but the school district bus will pick up/drop off from the school district)

Join us for a Sotrytime Dance Party - August 9th at 4PM. See flier under our resources section.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for visiting our center's web page. It's an honor to know that you are considering Suffern KinderCare for your childcare needs. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you at anytime, so please feel free to be our guest.

This center has undergone extensive review and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. For more information visit

  • Accreditation Seal Every Day · Every Child · Excellence · Accreditated · Knowledge Universe
  • NAEYC Accreditation NAEYC


Our experts designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery.

You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills.

Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

- Tricia Mendez, Center Director

Tricia Mendez, Center Director

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Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.


The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.


Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for visiting our center webpage. We have an amazing team of teachers that work hard each day to provide a loving, nurturing, and educational environment that is all designed for learning.

  • Tricia Mendez

    Tricia Mendez, Center Director

    Being able to make a difference in the life of not only a child but the family as a whole is important to me. I love knowing that each day is unpredictable and there is an opportunity to learn and witness new things each and every day.

    Tricia Mendez is the Center Director at Suffern KinderCare. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Human Services from Mount Saint Mary College. She began working as an after school helper in a daycare center when she was in High School, and her love for children has kept her in this field. Tricia has been involved as a teacher, a caseworker, and a Center Director. This has allowed her to have a multitude of experiences and the ability to work with her team and families in a positive way. Tricia has been the Center Director of Suffern KinderCare for over three years and has enjoyed every moment being able to get to know the children and families.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare Tricia was the Family and Community Partnership manager for a non for profit agency.
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Human Services
  • Melissa Carr

    Melissa Carr, Assistant Director

    Melissa Carr is the Assistant Director at the Suffern KinderCare. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and has a teaching certification for the State of New Jersey and New York. She has been working in the Early Childhood Education field for over 10 years. Melissa started working for KinderCare in 2007 as a Discovery Preschool teacher in Paramus, NJ. She transitioned into a Preschool classroom and then began teaching at the Suffern Center as the Learning Adventures Coordinator. These experiences contributed to an interest in joining the management team and Melissa happily accepted the opportunity. Melissa enjoys working closely with the families and being part of the children's development and milestones.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare, Melissa gained experience in an elementary school setting, student-teaching and tutoring young students. She also worked in other daycare settings as a lead teacher.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology; Certified in New Jersey and New York Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jasmine, Infant Classroom

  • Ms. Angie, Toddler Classroom

  • Ms. Amie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

  • Ms. Allison, Preschool Classroom

  • Ms. Sarah, Preschool Classroom

  • Ms. Ann, Prekindergarten Classroom

  • Ms. Jodi, Prekindergarten Classroom

  • Ms. Melissa, Prekindergarten Classroom

  • Ms. Nicole, Prekindergarten Classroom

  • Ms. Tiffany, School Age Classroom

  • Ms. Dawn, Learning Adventures Classroom

  • Mr. James, Cook

  • Ms. Kenya, Support Staff

October 2016 Events

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  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • German
  • Hindi
  • Punjabi
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

At KinderCare Learning Centers, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Our center offers a campus like setting with a keypad entry, three fenced in playgrounds with age appropriate equipment and a staff that is CPR and First Aid certified. We also have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site and Fire and Disaster drills are conducted on a regular basis.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

My three-and-a-half-year-old son, who usually attends school three days per week, was so excited about the dinosaur unit his teacher was presenting that he actually asked if he could go to school every day so he wouldn't miss anything! When he's happy, I'm happy. Thanks KinderCare!

- Mom

Teachers have helped my children grow, develop skills and mature. We are so thankful for KinderCare and all it has done. The teachers are so loving and caring. We are very lucky to have found such a great place for our children.

- Mother

We truly appreciate the love and care you give. We couldn't ask for better support.

- Mother

Great things our teachers do are hug, smile and celebrate the small details that turn into big changes over time.

- Mother

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Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and though the various training opportunities in the community.

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